Tracie Gadler, DNP, APRN, NP-C, RNFA, is an assistant professor in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program. She joined Georgetown University’s team in 2014 as a clinical faculty advisor. She brings a breadth of teaching experience to this position and a true passion for shaping future nurse practitioner professionals.
Gadler maintains her clinical practice as an emergency department nurse practitioner in San Diego, California. She also was a urologic oncology nurse practitioner, having worked in robotic surgery for eight years. This position offered invaluable experience working with acutely and chronically ill cancer patients, specifically providing physical assessment; diagnostic reasoning; psychosocial management, including end-of-life care; and patient education related to disease process, recovery, and prevention. While in this position, Gadler was awarded the Scripps Health System Working Mother of the Year in 2014.
She has presented nationally on topics related to cancer screening, patient instructional videos, and overcoming personal obstacles. Gadler’s additional interests include developing leaders and communication platforms for having difficult conversations, as well as infectious and emergent diseases. Gadler is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, California Association of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners.
While at Duke University for her doctoral studies, Gadler was awarded scholarships from the American Cancer Society, Scripps Health, Cancer for College, and the Kneedler school endowment through Duke University. The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing awarded her a grant for her work on an educational video for prostate cancer patients.
From 2009 to 2014, Gadler served as the study coordinator for a urologic outcomes database. This database includes more than 1,200 patients, their cancer pathology, significant medical history, and laboratory work. During that time, she also was responsible for data collection for the National Cancer Registry.
Gadler is a longtime community volunteer. She co-founded and runs the Kenneth Patterson Bladder Cancer Support Group. She has also spent more than12 years volunteering for the American Cancer Society. Recently she co-directed the programming for the first Family Oncology Camp for the Seany Foundation. She has also helped provide free prostate screenings for underserved communities, sponsored by Scripps Health.
“Besides the indisputable academic reputation of Georgetown University, I find personal connection with the faith-based Catholic and Jesuit traditions of the University. I specifically identify with the University’s mission statement of communicating educational knowledge for the glory of God and the well-being of humankind, and doing so with an openness to the diversity among students, colleagues, and clinical patients. I find comfort in a setting where moral standards are held high.
Georgetown University values excellence, and I feel this philosophy, in conjunction with my strong desire to impact change within health care settings, can have a synergistic effect on the students and patients we serve. An avenue to accomplish this is by helping set a solid foundation for nurse practitioner students, a foundation that is formed of translational research and moral and ethical patient-centered care.”
“I am passionate about providing high-quality, personalized, and patient-centered care across a life span. I enjoy teaching and counseling individuals, families, and communities on their health needs and health maintenance. With one step at a time, an FNP can greatly influence the quality of life our patients and their families live.”
Courses With Gadler
As a clinician and educator, Gadler’s teaching philosophy focuses on helping students in the acquisition of knowledge through sound practices of moral discernment, respect, and appreciation of others. In addition, she values the importance of uniting research and teachings, and she continually translates research into her clinical practice and lesson plans.
Gadler believes in excellence and challenging students to succeed. She motivates students by acknowledging their strengths while providing constructive criticism in areas that need improvement.
The students should be encouraged to engage within the learning process, and she strives for an environment that allows for the application of knowledge. She chooses to create an atmosphere that encourages students to take risks and answer difficult clinical questions, as this creates an avenue for open dialogue.
Doctorate of Nursing Practice
Long Beach State University
Master of Science in Nursing
San Diego State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Humboldt State University
Studies in Cellular Molecular Biology and Leadership Studies
Hope for the Future
“As a nurse practitioner, in the ever-changing health care landscape, it is important to recognize our ability to impact the health and well-being of the people we serve.”
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
— Maya Angelou
- Teaching compassion
- Cancer survival
- Simulation training and preparation
- Providing primary care within the emergency department
Biennial Urologic Cancer Conference (Coordinator). 2011–2015.
The Effects of a Robotic Prostate Cancer Pre-Surgical Video on Anxiety and
Knowledge Retention (Lecture). International Conference on Cancer Nursing; Vancouver, BC, Canada; July 2015.
Overcoming Obstacles: Learning to Triumph Over Challenges and Not Allowing Others to Alter Your Path to Success (Lecture). San Diego Women’s Week Conference, 2015.
The Effects of Robotic Prostate Cancer Pre-Surgical Video on Anxiety and Knowledge Retention (Poster presentation). UC San Diego Nursing and Innovative Research Conference, 2015.
Diabetes and Cancer Education (Lecture). St. Martin of Tours Academy, 2015.
Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities (Podcast, 2014). On the Internet at www.workingmotherhood.com/podcasts/tracie-gadler.
Prostate Cancer Pre-Operative Video Instruction (Creator, 2013).
Prostate Cancer Screening: The Other Side of the Story. California Association for Nurse Practitioners Conference; Monterey, California; March 2013.
Prior Abdominal Surgery Not a Contraindication for Robotic-Assisted Prostatectomy (Poster presentation). American Urological Association, 2009.
Urologic Cancer Management (Lecture). University of San Diego master’s degree nursing students, 2008.
Five-Level Triage Implementation. Spearheaded a $40,000 project, 2007–2008.
Tuberculosis in the Community (Poster presentation). Sigma Theta Tau, 2002.
Gadler, T., Crist, C., Brandstein, K., & Schneider, S. (in press, 2016) Effects of a Robotic Prostate Cancer Pre-Surgical Video on Knowledge Retention and Anxiety. Urologic Nursing.
Gadler, T., Gardiner, A., & Martinez, N. (2014). Caring for the postoperative patient presenting to the emergency department. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 36(2), 134–144.
Gadler, T., Keedy, M., Rivas, N. (2010). Cases of note: A case of hematuria. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 32(1), 30–41.
Gadler, T. (2007). Radiology rounds: Knee injuries. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 29(3), 189–197.
Working Mother of the Year Scripps Health System, 2014
Graduate Nursing Scholarship American Cancer Society, 2014–2015
Career Development Scholarship Scripps Mercy Hospital, 2013–2015
Cancer for College Scholarship, 2014
Sigma Theta Tau Research Grant Recipient, 2011
Scripps Mercy Hospital Woltman Foundation Recipient, 2007
Scripps Mercy Hospital Scholarship Recipient, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2014
Educational Opportunity Program Scholarship, 1995–2002
Department of Rehabilitation (Cancer Survivor/Foster Child) Full-Tuition Scholarship, 1995–2002
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